2023 Dodge Hornet (ICE, PHEV)


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Apr 27, 2021
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Interesting new offering by Dodge. From the article:

The 2023 Dodge Hornet is a compact crossover that's essentially a rebadged Alfa Romeo Tonale, and Dodge boasts that it's the most performance-oriented SUV in the segment…

The base Hornet GT uses Stellanti's Hurricane engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with more than 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque (slightly more hp than the Tonale). A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard, and Dodge says the Hornet GT will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it the quickest crossover under $30,000...

The Hornet R/T is powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter inline-4 that's paired with a six-speed automatic, an electric motor on the rear axle and a 15.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack. That adds up to over 285 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, with the Hornet R/T able to hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The R/T features a PowerShot button that provides an on-demand boost of 25 hp for up to 15 seconds, a feature that will be found on all of Dodge's PHEVs and EVs. Dodge says the Hornet R/T will have more than 30 miles of electric range, and it can be recharged in two and a half hours on a Level 2 charger…

Dodge also debuted a Hornet GLH concept that previews upgrades that could become available through Dodge's official Direct Connection catalog, including lowered suspension, a louder exhaust system, an engine performance upgrade stage kit and cool styling elements…

The Hornet will be produced at the same factory as the Tonale in Naples, Italy. First to hit dealerships in late 2022 will be the Hornet GT, with the Hornet R/T to follow in spring 2023. Full pricing hasn't been announced yet, but the GT will start at under $30,000 and the R/T should top out at around $45,000. Order books open on Aug. 17.
From a pricing and stylistic perspective, it looks like they benchmarked the VW GTI, and added 10%+ horsepower. Definitely didn’t expect to see an American hot hatch after Ford stopped selling the Fiesta/Focus stateside.

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